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EBS seals Japan International Broadcasting supply deal

EPG services provider EBS has announced a major new supply deal with Japan International Broadcasting (JIB).

The deal has been struck in JIB’s capacity as the official distribution agent for NHK World TV, the global arm of Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK. EBS now provides scheduling information and EPG metadata for NHK World TV operations across Europe.

Data is being distributed to the PCCW, Sky UK, Freesat, Yes, OSN, and DSmart platforms via EBS’ flagship scheduling software Pawa. In addition, EBS is sending an EPG feed directly to satellite operator SES.

“The fight for viewers is getting tough,” said Keith Bedford, EBS managing director. “There are so many options, so much content choice. In this kind of market, presentation must be perfect. With Pawa’s robust functionality and bespoke capabilities, JIB can be confident that their European operations with NHK World TV are in safe hands.

“We’re extremely proud that another great customer is making use of Pawa’s exceptional capabilities. We believe it shows once again that this one solution can be used to meet absolutely any workflow requirements.”

Yoshihiko Shimizu, CEO of Japan International Broadcasting, added: “Elegant delivery of EPG information is a key element to improving our channel awareness around the world. We are delighted to work with EBS in providing this critical service.”